My Husband’s Health Not As Bad As Perceived – Aisha Buhari

File photo: Buhari with his wife and grand-daughter

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha says the President’s health is not as bad as is being reported.

In a statement on Facebook and Twitter, thanking Nigerians for praying for her husband, she said the President was carrying out his responsibilities.

She also confirmed that the President met with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, on Tuesday.

She said, “I thank all Nigerians for their concern, love and prayers over my husband’s health status.

“I wish to inform everyone that his health is not as bad as it’s being perceived. Meanwhile, he continues to carry out his responsibilities during this period.

“As it may come to your notice, he is meeting with Minister of Justice and GMD of NNPC this evening. Long Live Nigerians, Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

 

Aisha Buhari Urges Nigerians To Know Their Consumer Rights

Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians for Supporting Husband’s AdministrationThe wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, has urged Nigerians to understand their rights as consumers, in order to stand up to market abuses that undermine those rights.

She said the rights of the consumer must be protected and those on the wrong side of the law should be made to understand that.

“Their rights come to an end where the rights of the consumers begin”, Aisha said.

Mrs. Buhari made the remarks in Abuja, during her appointment as Consumer Ambassador of Nigeria, by the country’s Consumer Protection Council, as part of activities to mark the World Consumer Rights Day 2017.

Represented by the wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Mairo Tanko Almakura, she thanked the Management of the Consumer Protection Council for the honour bestowed on her.

She said: “The campaign for consumer rights is a noble cause and I assure the Commission of my support and commitment towards driving the campaign embarked by the council.”

The Director General of the Consumer Protection Council, Dupe Atoki, said digital technology, though beneficial, has exposed consumers to online threats such as cybercrime, data theft and invasion of privacy.

Atoki stated that this year’s theme tagged ‘Building a Digital World Consumers  Can Trust’ is intended to call attention to these consumer issues.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah and the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu in their goodwill messages highlighted the important role of the Council in protecting the rights of consumers.

The agency said the stakeholders workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 will feature presentations from Google, Microsoft, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), among others.

Aisha Buhari Presents Building Materials, Food Items To Yobe IDPs

Aisha Buhari, Yobe, IDPsIn continuous efforts to rebuild the northeast region, Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has presented some building materials and food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Yobe state.

The items are also to be shared to other vulnerable groups in the insecurity prone north east state, to help cushion the hardships being faced.

Materials presented include: wood, facing boards, batting, as well as tying iron, ceilings, roofing sheets, nails, as well as several food items.

Presenting the materials to the Yobe state Government, the first lady represented by the Borno state Commissioner of Women Affairs Mrs Yabawa Kolo, said the Mrs Buhari, is always “saddened by the touching situation of vulnerable groups in the society, hence the need for the assistance”.

“The First Lady wants to use her good office to reach out to these IDPs and the vulnerable who must be the poorest among the poor and the vulnerable among the most vulnerable, with the hope that it will help them at this most trying period of their lives”.

She explained that the returning IDPs could use the building materials to erect destroyed structures, while the food items would help to fight hunger which according to her, is evident among them.

The Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, on the other hand, expressed appreciation while receiving the materials.

Describing the act as a “kind gesture”, he said it was very timely: as it would help the returning IDPs in the rebuilding of their ancestral homes which were destroyed by the insurgents.

“I want to place it on records that this is not the first time we are receiving relief materials from the First Lady.

“I wish to state categorically that we will transport these materials to the beneficiaries where ever they may be.”

Yobe state according to the Deputy Governor, has never been found wanting in the distribution of relief materials sent to the state.

Mr Aliyu, who is also the Chairman of the Resettlement of IDPs in the state, therefore assured the first lady that the materials received would serve the purpose for which it was intended.

The materials are currently under the custody of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in preparation for distribution.

Aisha Buhari Promises Children More Support In 2017

Aisha Buhari on Children supportThe Wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has promised more support to Nigerian children through her pet project in 2017.

The first lady made the promise through her spokesperson, when she received Nigeria’s first baby of 2017 at the Gwarinpa General Hospital, Abuja.

Nigeria’s first baby of 2017 was born at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s day.

Twenty-eight-year-old, Ann Efe, gave birth to a baby girl weighing 3.9kg at the Gwarinpa General Hospital in Abuja.

On her hospital bed, mother of baby, Flourish Oghenetega, clearly put aside the pains of the operation, as representatives from the first lady’s office stormed the ward to welcome the baby.

As his first child on the first day of the year, it was double celebration for the father.

For many parents with blessings like this, 2017 is another year to be hopeful about.

As the first lady’s entourage toured the children section with baskets of gifts, the Chief Medical Director, Amos Adebayo, seized the opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government to render more support.

Dr. Adebayo called on the government to support the less privileged in the society with free medical services, as more families visit the hospital without funds.

Aisha Buhari Says Leaders Must Fulfil Promises

aisha-buhariThe wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has stressed the need for leaders to keep to their campaign promises, as she flagged off the distribution of relief items for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benisheikh, a liberated town in Borno State.

Mrs Buhari told reporters that the distribution of the relief materials to the IDPs was a fulfilment of a promise she made.

Some of the items distributed were nutritional food supplements and some food items collected by the “Get Involved”’ programme, a component of her pet project tagged “Future Assured”’.

Benisheikh is one of the liberated towns in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State where IDPs have already returned to pick up their lives from where they left off.

Mrs Buhari’s programme is a campaign for well-meaning Nigerians to support victims of over six years Boko Haram insurgency and the vulnerable in the northeast.

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Relief materials were given to over 300 women representing their families

Aisha Buhari was recently criticised for her comments on the composition of her husband’s appointments, insisted that leaders must keep to their promises.

“We thank almighty Allah for the opportunity to start fulfilling the promises we have made that’s the essence of having a leader. When you promise you make sure that you fulfil your promise and that is what we are all after and that is what I am after in particular.

She pointed out that she was after the success of my husband’s administration, stressing that “he can’t do it alone except with the help of the governors, their wives and all members of our progressive party.

“I am here today to flag-off the distribution of food items donated by well-meaning Nigerians from south, west, east and north. I thank our donors on behalf of Borno people and the entire northeast people of Nigeria,” Mrs Buhari told beneficiaries of the relief materials.

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima says contributions are welcome from all quarters to fasten the resettlement process among IDPs.

He says the gathering was made possible by the remarkable progress in the counter-insurgency war.

At least 350 families represented by the women benefited from Mrs Buhari’s intervention in Benisheikh.

NEW MUSIC: ‘The Other Room’ – Cobhams Asuquo Ft Ugovinna

the-other-room-editedNigeria’s quintessential musician, producer, and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo has added a tongue-in-cheek and humourous perspective to the controversial #TheOtherRoom comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The producer has teamed up with Ugovinna to release a song titled, ‘The other room.’

According to Cohhams, “‘The other room’ song is not an attack on the President or the Presidency.

Rather, the song is a present day representation of the Nigeria we know and love, and are very much concerned about.”

He said the song is lighthearted and “guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of listeners while underscoring very serious social issues.”

The artistes added that the song is also “a humorous recap of recent events that have been woven into the fabric of our shared political history as a nation.”

“We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it,” they added.

Listen

 

 

Buhari Returns From Three-Day Official Trip To Germany

Buhari, GermanyPresident Muhammadu Buhari is back in Nigeria after a three-day official visit to Germany, where he met with Nigerians in diaspora, in Berlin the German capital.

Buhari who praised representatives of the Nigerian community, said that his administration is greatly encouraged by their uncommon support in the fight against corruption, as well as initiatives aimed at stimulating the economy.

Earlier on the trip, the President had met with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck.

While addressing the German-Nigeria Business Forum, President Buhari called on German businessmen to explore different sectors of Nigeria’s economy that are yet to open up.

He also hinted about the new bank, Development Bank of Nigeria, which would soon begin operations in order to strengthen the government’s economic diversification programme

The visit ended on a compassionate note on Saturday, as the President, with his convoy went to visit a Nigerian military officer who survived a ghastly road accident and is currently receiving treatment in a Berlin hospital.

He was accompanied on the trip by the Governor of Borno, Kashim Shetima, and Rochas Okorocha of Imo state.

Aisha Buhari On Presidency

While President Buhari was away on his official trip, his wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari Buhari, three-day trip, Germany, Aisha Buhari, raised concerns over the president’s appointees.

In an interview with BBC she warned her husband that she will not back him at the next election unless he considers rejigging the make-up of his appointees.

Meanwhile, Mr Buhari in reaction to this laughed off the comments saying “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room, and the other room”.

The matter has since elicited various opinions from people who believe it was an honest expression from Mrs Buhari, meant to galvanise President Buhari into retracing his steps, while others shocked that such remarks are coming from her.

Good News

Also while the President was away, the nation on Thursday, received good news of the release of 21, out of the abducted Chibok School girls.

Buhari, three-day trip, Germany, Aisha Buhari, 21 Chibok girls

It had been rumoured that a swap deal actually ensued between the government and the Boko Haram Terrorist group before the girls were released, however, the federal government maintained that there was no such thing.

Although the nation still celebrates the return of the girls, President Buhari re-iterated that his government would sustain efforts to free the remaining girls kidnapped by the terrorist group

Reactions Trial Aisha Buhari’s Voiced Concerns Over Husband’s Appointments

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Former chairman of the Labour Party, Comrade Dan Nwanyanwu

Reactions have continued to trail the statement credited to the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari that the present administration has been hijacked by persons who are not known to the president.

The wife of the president had told BBC that  a “few people” were behind presidential appointments.

A former chairman of the Labour Party, Comrade Dan Nwanyanwu, commended Mrs Buhari for the comment.

Mr Nwanyawu says it is an honest expression meant to galvanise President Buhari into retracing his steps.

“These are some of the advantages of education. Education gives you opportunity to be enlightened and you will speak your mind without undue timidity.

“Moral crusader in the sense that she has conscience and she felt that those who struggled with her during the campaign are not near the villa.

“I have made this point six months ago and it is not fair in politics.

“Moral crusader in the sense that she may not be in the position to talk to the same people again or some other people to join her in 2019, should the president elect to run again,” the former Labour Party Chairman sated.

He added that it was unfair for the president not to reward those who played key roles in his ascension to the presidency.

“A worker deserves his wages,” he insisted.

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National Chairman of Young Democratic Party, Comrade Bishop Amachree

Another individual, the National Chairman of Young Democratic Party, Comrade Bishop Amachree, also expressed concerns about the comment of the wife of the president, saying it was an ominous sign that all was not well within the presidency.

“If the wife of Mr President should bring this to the public, it means that something is happening around the house.

“The fact still remains that this country belongs to all of us and not to a section. If you are a president, you are a president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and you should extend the affection to other people,” he stressed.

The Wife of the President had in the interview with the BBC said she may not support the husband if he decides to run in 2019.

But in reaction, President Buhari dismissed the comments, saying he had a superior knowledge over his wife.

After laughing off the comments, the President said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room, and the other room”.

His response also elicited laughter from German Chancellor, Angela Merkel who was standing by the President’s side.

The President went on to say: “I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition, because in the end I have succeeded.

Buhari Vows To Keep Pressing For Release Of Other Chibok Girls

buhari-in-germanyNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday said his government would sustain efforts to free the remaining girls, kidnapped by the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2014.

The group had released 21 girls on Thursday.

“About 100 more (girls) are still in the hands of the terrorists,” Buhari told reporters in Berlin after a meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. “We hope we’ll get some … intelligence to go about securing the balance.”

Determination To Secure

After the release of the girls, President Buhari said their rescue was a confirmation of his determination to secure all Nigerians where ever they are.

He made comments about the girls’ release at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja just before takeoff to Germany on an official visit.

He said that the Vice President would work out the details of how to receive the girls.

“I believe you will be duly briefed by the Vice President. He will give you the details. I have just been briefed about it and I think the Vice President and the Minister of Information will give you the details.

“To Nigerians all over, our responsibility is to continue to secure them wherever they are,” the President said.

Appointees Rejig Call

President Buhari also dismissed criticism voiced by his wife, Aisha Buhari, in a BBC interview published on Friday, saying that he had “superior knowledge” about running the government.

The wife had said she might not back her husband in the next election unless he ‘shakes up his government’.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

The first lady, who further alleged that the presidency had been hijacked, said a “few people” were behind presidential appointments.

According to her, people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress, were now appointed to top posts because of the influence of certain people.

Mrs Buhari said the President “does not know” most of the top officials he had appointed.

“The President does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years,” Mrs Buhari stated.

She further said her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.

I Have Superior Knowledge Over My Wife – Buhari

Buhari, Aisha BuhariNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, has dismissed the comments attributed to his wife, Aisha Buhari, on the formation of his government.

He gave the reaction when journalists asked him to comment on his wife’s statement on BBC.

According to her, people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had been appointed to top posts because of the influence of certain people.

After laughing off the comments, the President said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room, and the other room”.

His response also elicited laughter from German Chancellor, Angela Merkel who was standing by the President’s side.

The President went on to say: “I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition, because in the end I have succeeded.

“It is not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties or to participate in the government”.

President Buhari, who is currently on a second working visit to Germany since assuming office, will during his meeting with German Chancellor discuss issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany.

The issues comprise further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the northeast, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries.

Aisha Buhari Raises Concern Over President’s Appointees

Aisha Buhari, Nigeria's President, cabinetThe wife of Nigeria’s President, Aisha Buhari, has warned her husband that she will not back him at the next election unless he considers rejigging the make-up of his appointees.

Mrs Buhari who is alleging that the Presidency has been hijacked, said a “few people” were behind presidential appointments.

According to her, people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), were now appointed to top posts because of the influence of certain people.

In a BBC interview, Mrs Buhari said the President “does not know” most of the top officials he has appointed.

She revealed that “the President does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Mrs Buhari said her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.

However, “I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before.

“I will never do it again,” she added.

President Muhammadu Buhari, has since dismissed Aisha Buhari’s comments on the formation of his government.

Speaking to journalists in Germany, he laughed off the comments, and said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room, and the other room.”

President Buhari is currently on a second working visit to Germany since assuming office. He will during his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany.

Aisha Buhari Gives Food To IDPs In Gombe

Aisha Buhari, Gombe, IDPsWife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has donated some food items to the less privileged and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe State, northeast Nigeria.

The donation was made on Sunday by the former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Gombe State, Mr Inuwa Yahaya, who represented Mrs Buhari.

Mr Yahaya commended the initiative of the First Lady and advised other individuals and corporate organisations to support the IDPs.

He explained that the items would also be extended to those participating in the Ramadan fast.

The former governorship candidate also advised beneficiaries to continue to remain law abiding citizens and support Gombe State and the federal authorities in the fight against terror.

Mrs Buhari’s benevolent act was part of her pet project, the Future Assured Initiative, where she reached out to some less privileged persons in Kogi and Kaduna states.

She said the gesture, which benefited the physically challenged, widows and displaced persons amongst others, was aimed at cushioning the present hardship experienced by the downtrodden.